Japanese artist Misaki Kawai presents Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids, an indoor playground featuring a display of colourful, furry sculptures of dogs and a puppet studio. With a love of mimetic word pairings spoken in the Japanese language, such as moja moja which means ‘hairy’, and an interest in children’s creative play and making, Misaki shares her playful approach to creating art and her affinity for fluffy dogs with NGV’s young visitors.
Misaki describes her style of making art as heta-uma. This Japanese term translates to ‘bad but good’, and prioritises a good idea over skill or perfection. In Japan, heta-uma imagery can be seen in advertising and packaging as well as pictures in newspapers. Today Misaki exhibits all over the world, delighting visitors with her bold and colourful paintings, sculptures and drawings. Misaki invites you to visit Moja Moja Life, her first installation in Australia.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Champions Paula Fox AO & Fox Family Foundation, Major Partner Chadstone – The Fashion Capital and Triennial Lead Supporter Neilson Foundation for their support of Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids.
This map of Moja Moja Life: Misaki Kawai for Kids shows areas of moving image, colour and sound stimuli, as well as seating. It may be useful for anyone planning to visit the exhibition, in particular those with sensory sensitivities, autism or disability.
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To coincide with the exhibition, the NGV has collaborated with Misaki Kawai on the children’s publication Moja Moja Means Hairy – a little book full of playful words to read to babies and toddlers – along with an exciting new retail collection of products designed by the artist.